Celebrating Black History
Join NICHQ in celebrating #BlackHistoryMonth with a collection of equity resources, articles, webinars, and toolkits to celebrate the Black community and honor this year’s official theme of Black Health and Wellness.
February is Black History Month!
Celebrate #BlackHistory, #BlackHealth, and #BlackWellness with us.
The official theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness and acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, as well as other health and wellness workers, such as birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, and herbalists.
The importance of understanding our nation’s exploitative history and its impact on modern-day inequities cannot be overstated. NICHQ is committed to uplifting and building on the incredible work of Black health and wellness practitioners as we work to address and eliminate disparities in maternal and child health.
Watch NICHQ Webinars
Watch informative past webinars to gain a historical perspective about some of the challenges Black children, mothers, birthing people, and families experience within the healthcare system.
Related Articles about Black Health and Wellness
Addressing Black Maternal Mortality Rates Starts with Listening to Black Women
In New York State (NYS), Black women are more than three times as likely to die from pregnancy or giving birth as white women. This disparity has persisted alongside the U.S.’s rising maternal mortality rate, which has doubled in the past 15 years. Recognizing the urgent need for change both within their state and across the nation, NYS launched an initiative to engage women of color in identifying sustainable solutions for improvement.
Breastfeeding Takes a Village and, Too Often, Black Women Don’t Have One
Breastfeeding peer support networks run for and by Black women fill a gap in breastfeeding support for Black women—a gap largely created by historic and systemic inequities. Here, Khadija Garrison Adams, co-founder of Black Lactation Circle (BLaC) of Central Ohio, shares how their community is empowering black pregnant and nursing mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals.
Our Systems Meant to Help Are Hurting Black Families
When does mandated reporting hurt rather than improve health outcomes? Erin Cloud, who’s spent the past seven years advocating for parents in the child welfare system, shares a thought provoking story about what happens when biased reporting causes unintentional harm. Here, we shine a spotlight on this troubling example of when systems meant to support children’s health end up failing black mothers and children.
Race and the Inequity in Maternal and Infant Health
Racial disparities in health and healthcare access have a profound affect on infant health, especially when it comes to preterm births.
An African-American Fraternity Alliance is Changing Infant Health Outcomes
In Arkansas, nearly 300 babies die before their first birthday each year. That’s almost a baby every day. Determined to change these numbers and reach communities most affected, the Arkansas Department of Health turned to a nontraditional partner for maternal and infant health: Brothers United, an alliance of African American fraternities.
Racism and Public Health: Seeking an Improved Approach for the New Decade
"Racism is a public health crisis. It harms women, children, fathers, grandparents, aunts and uncles across the country. It harms all of us—it has for over 400 years and continues to today." - NICHQ President and CEO Scott Berns shares his priorities for 2020 and beyond.
A Physician’s Reflections on Racism and Treating Sickle Cell Disease
For NICHQ’s current and future work, I am motivated by wanting to be a better version of myself in service of others. Wondering whether my own implicit biases impacted my care of patients and families, I realize that I cannot redo past ER experiences. If I could go back, I would slow down to acknowledge and try to set my biases aside and approach patients from a personally more informed perspective. But now, I can use my past, present, and future experiences to ensure NICHQ is amplifying important lessons from this multi-year effort reflecting the compassion, care, and commitment of hundreds of dedicated professionals in pursuit of equitable, accessible, and quality healthcare for people living with sickle cell disease.
Four Steps to Address Racism’s Impact on Maternal and Child Health
Racism has been baked into U.S. systems and structures since enslavement, and Black families and other people of color are still suffering its consequences. As health professionals, it’s vital to acknowledge that all forms of racism—institutional, personally mediated and internalized—are real, are present in health systems, and are adversely affecting the health of Black families. One person can’t solve a systemic problem, but there are impactful steps everyone can take to help address it.
The Impact of Institutional Racism on Maternal and Child Health
Embedded within persistent disparities are the ongoing effects of institutional racism—racism that began with the enslavement of Black people, was embedded in our earliest institutions, and has continued to influence policies and practices ever since.
Heath Equity: What You Can Do
Because not everyone has equal opportunity to the resources needed for health and well-being, disparities are pervasive right from the earliest years of life. But where does an individual start? How does one person make a dent in a systemic and structural problem? Find three ideas here.
Using Quality Improvement to Address Racial Equity
In the U.S., the gap in health outcomes between non-Hispanic black and non-Hispanic white children continues to widen, with children of color more frequently suffering from chronic and preventable health conditions. Incorporating both a health and racial equity lens can help us drive sustainable improvements and counteract the role racism plays as key determinant of health. Here are four pieces of advice for applying that lens.
Opportunities to Improve Health Equity for Mothers, Babies and Children
To understand health holistically, we need to consider it outside the silo of a healthcare system. We need to take into account the many other factors that impact our individual health, factors like the schools we attend and the relationships we experience. Read on to uncover three tried and tested ways to make changes in your state and help ensure that all children, regardless of circumstance, achieve equity in health outcomes.